Title : New Year's Greeting stamp  (View Souvenir Sheet)
Stamp Serial#
2295 
KPC#
N-79 
MICHEL#
2322 
StanGib#
2676 
Scott#
2110 
Date of Issue
12/02/2002 
Quantity
1,800,000 
Denomination
190 won 
Design
2003-Year of the Ram 
Designer
Park, Eun-kyung 
Image Area
23mm x 33mmmm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4 x 5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, six colors.
The lamb and the snow are printed in photostorage ink, phosphorescence pigment. 
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
The year 2003 is the Year of the Lamb.

Since ancient times, Koreans traditionally called upon their elders on the morning of "Seolral", Lunar New Year's Day, to pay their respects and exchange well wishes. Ladies dispatched servants to the house of their in-laws to deliver New Year's greetings. On the morning of "Seolral", people ate tteok-guk, thinly sliced rice cake in a rich broth. As dawn broke on the New Year, people would speculate on the their fortune for the coming year by the first sound they would hear out in the streets. Family members also enjoyed such games as yut-nori, played with four wooden sticks and markers, seesawing and flying kites. In rural areas, people followed a quaint tradition of "marrying off the tree". This was done by putting stones on the bouhgs of fruit trees, as they believed that this would lead the trees to bear bountiful fruit in the coming year.

Another festival held in the first month of the lunar calendar is "Dae-boreum", held on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. Early in the morning, people drank liquor called gwibalgi to sharpen one's ears, and cracked chestnuts, walnuts and peanuts, a tradition believed to prevent skin trouble on the face. Dishes prepared on this day were yak-ban, sweet rice made with chestnuts, ju-jube and honey as well as ogok-bap, glutinous rice cooked with millet, beans, sorghum and large beans served with side dishes of seasoned marinated herbs. Wishing for an abundant harvest in the coming year, village people gathered to play a game of tug of war. At night, people climbed to the top of a mountain to view the moon and at midnight, offered a rite called Dong-je, to pray for the well being of their village.

This stamp on New Year's Greetings features a mother and a baby lamb in celebration of the Year of the Lamb. The lamb and the snow are printed in photostorage ink phosphorescence pigment.